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Observer/Advocate
P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Phone: 507-427-2725
Fax: 507-427-2724


Watonwan County may have a new nine-mile stretch of trail to look forward to, as long as the necessary grants are approved.

The county is in the process of getting the last grant needed to begin the new hard-surfaced Watline Trail project.

According to Roger Risser, the Watonwan County Public Works Director,

“The Watline Trail will be centered on the abandoned Chicago and Northwestern Rail Line that parallels State Highway 4 between St. James and Ormsby.” The trail will connect to the existing St. James Lake Trail and will be open to walkers as well as bicyclists.

Watonwan County has received the Transportation Alternative Grants as applied for through the Area Transportation Partnership which will fund 80 percent of the trail construction costs.

The remaining 20 percent would come from a combination of State Aid construction funding, MnDNR grant funding and

local funding.

The county applied for a Legacy Grant for the trail last fall, but about six weeks ago, Roger Risser, was notified the grant would not be coming through.

Recently, the board passed a resolution and required certification for the MnDNR Local Trail Connections Program Grant for the Watline Trail.

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